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COVID-19: Your Top Three Questions Answered

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1.    Do I have to wear a mask on campus?

As of March 11, 2022, masks are optional, and not required, in all indoor spaces in BC. You are welcome to continue wearing a mask; it is now a personal choice. Some people will and continue to use masks personally and that is okay. In this transition phase, please exercise kindness. Everybody will move at their own pace with this change.

Types of masks: For those who choose to use a mask, 3-ply medical masks are the recommended choice for most students and employees. To ensure that medical masks have been approved in Canada look for a medical mask that has ASTM F2100 or EN 14683 on the packaging label. Respirators (N95, KN95 or CAN95 masks) are acceptable, but only required in specific health-care related settings when required to be used.

2.    What do I do if I think I have COVID-19 or ?

  1. Follow the directions provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and public health authorities.
  2. Students: Notify your instructors and follow the CapU Illness Reporting Process for COVID-19. Remain off campus and off practicum/co-op/volunteer placement for the requisite isolation period and/or until cleared to return.
    Employees: Notify HR when you are ill by entering days you are off work due to illness as sick days in Purely HR or the respective HR process for your area, and follow the CapU Illness Reporting Process.
  3. Notify your own close contacts of your status. More information on steps to take, including when and how to notify your close contacts, can be found on the BCCDC website.
  4. If you have become ill because of a transmission at work, please fill out this WorkSafeBC Claim Form and forward the completed form to safety@capilanou.ca

3.    What measures are in place to maintain health and safety at CapU?

  • Maintaining up-to-date campus safety plans and signage.
  • Asking students, employees and visitors to complete a daily health check before coming to campus AND asking people to stay home if they are feeling unwell. 
  • Supporting hand hygiene by promoting regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Providing appropriate hand-cleaning facilities and hand-sanitization stations at all entrances/exits to buildings and elevators.
  • Cleaning and sanitization continues to be a priority in all common and high-trafficked areas and touch points. Cleaning supplies are provided so you can wipe down your space before you leave communal areas.
  • Maintaining the University’s building ventilation systems to the highest standards for air circulation. Campus buildings, on average, can exchange the air in a room every 20 minutes or less, depending on the use of the room.


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages for other common questions. If you have additional questions, please email campusready@capilanou.ca

Updated March 14, 2022

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